You may want to try this activity back in the classroom.
- In the video program, you saw the modeling of a think
aloud, where readers verbalize their internal thoughts as
they approach a text and begin the envisionment-building
process. Consider conducting a think aloud with your own
students. Start by modeling the process for the students,
and then allow them to try it on their own in small discussion
groups. See Activity
Three from Workshop 2's Classroom Connection for more
information. Use the Activity
Sheet: Think Aloud Teacher Resource [click here for
a PDF version], the
Aloud Response to Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the
House of Usher" [click here for a PDF
version], and the Activity Sheet:
Student Think Aloud [click here for a PDF
version] from Workshop 2 to assist you in this activity.
- After the think aloud experience, ask the students to
make a list of items to think about when approaching a piece
of literature for the first time and for the beginning of
a reading experience. What kinds of questions can they ask
themselves before they begin to read a text and as they
read? Post this list of ideas where all students can refer
to it easily.